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About 801 Chophouse – Des Moines

A late 1920"s New York City steak house interior with signature leather booths, cherry wood furnishings, wooden floors, marble counter tops and high ceilings. 801 Chophouse offers only the very finest and freshest meats, seafood, and vegetables available. Executive Chef, Brian Dennis creates a fresh sheet that highlights the unique weekly offerings. Seasonal fresh soups and salads, oysters on the half shell,four species of fresh fish, live Maine lobsters and king crab legs. Make sure to save room for the Grand Marnier Soufflé made from scratch! Aged USDA Grade Prime Beef ONLY, Iowa Farm Families pork chops and Colorado lamb. Customize your party from 6 to 65, the walls reconfigure for the perfect amount of space, the tables change for seating and conversation, and custom menus range from cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to full course dining.

801 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
8th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(515) 288-6000

Website:
http://www.801restaurantgroup.com/

Executive Chef:
Brian Dennis

Private Party Facilities:
Please contact Damon Murphy with any private dining inquiries.

Private Party Contact:
Damon P. Murphy: (515) 288-6000

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

801 Chophouse – Des Moines Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (60)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
Good for a Date (51)
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Romantic (40)
Business Meals (39)
Good for Birthdays (37)
Notable Wine List (32)
Cozy (23)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Handcrafted Cocktails (20)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Groups (16)
Authentic (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Happy Hour (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Casual (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Fun (6)
Great Beer (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Music (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
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Vegan (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

We had a 6:30 reservation that I made earlier in the week. We arrived on time and were promptly seated but in the bar area. It was incredibly loud and very crowded, so loud it was hard to have a conversation and so crowded it was difficult to get out of our booth. The bartenders were yelling and plates were being stacked next to our booth. We saw the server when we ordered and then again when we received the check. Other employees brought the food and drink to the table without saying a word. We had to ask for water refills and it took almost 90 minutes from the time we ordered until our meals arrived. During that entire time we only saw someone when our appetizer and salads were delivered. The steaks arrived without so much as a piece of parsley on the plate, just a huge plate with a steak on it. The food was great but for almost $200 for two people, I expected better service, better atmosphere, and not to have to yell in order to have a conversation. We were disappointed.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined 6 days ago

Always outstanding! THE best Chilean Sea Bass I’ve had & the preparation with cranberries & sweet potatoes was excellent! My husband thoroughly enjoyed his filet in the cognac butter & portobello mushroom sauce. EXCELLENT service, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Highly recommend!!

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·Dined 6 days ago

When you think the food cannot be any better, they prove you wrong! Never disappoints, only regret is we don't get to go more often. Usually 2x times a year, soon to be 3x-4x.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food and service have always been outstanding. This time was no different.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Fantastic service and wonderful food. Very special place for very special occasions 😊

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

First time dining here, and we were impressed. Upscale food but a very comfortable ambiance. Our beef steaks were wonderful, and the fresh tuna steak was as good as I’ve had on either coast.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Love this restaurant! They totally surprised me for my birthday! The food was wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Happy Hour
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very nice but way too exspensive. Not the usual menu items. A once in a lifetime place. Also very noisy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Worse meal I have had in a long time. Had to send back my potatoes as they were not cooked. Then second batch were just terrible. Prime rib was undercooked.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 29, 2017

We usually go to 801 for special occasions, this time I took my girlfriend there for her birthday. When I made the reservation I commented that our visit was for a birthday. When we arrived there was some birthday confetti on the table, a birthday card and her menu said Happy Birthday on it. It was a very pleasant surprise to walk to our table to see that and she really enjoyed it. As always, the food was amazing and worth the visit. I highly recommend 801 Chophouse.

Tags: Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Cozy, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The service was very good and the waiter made sure we consistently had what we wanted. The manager came around to make sure everything was tasting good. Great food, will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Came for an early Thanksgiving dinner and loved our choice. Great food and service. Options were well explained. Ready for an encore.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Excellent traditional steakhouse with terrific service. Meal was delivered in fine fashion - cozy atmosphere with excellent wine options. Great venue!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food, service and wine were all great. We will be back soon. Enjoyed my birthday with friends and family

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2017

In every category of dining experience, 801 Chophouse remains the number one steakhouse in Iowa, bar none. Also, their seafood and vegetarian dishes are outstanding. The service is always excellent, and the ambiance is warm and classic.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

My wife and I were celebrating our 2nd year anniversary. We had never been to 801 and we were very impressed with the food and staff. Would recommend anyone to dine here. Great place with amazing steaks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

We enjoyed the atmosphere greatly. Saw everyone dressed from casual to dressy. (Helped make us out of towners fit in.) I just wish when the waiter knew we were from out of town he explained the menu a little better. The sides are really meant to be shared not just for one person( we ordered 1 for each of us, got a little costly with a lot of leftovers) the filet that both my son and husband ordered they raved over! Thought it was exceptionally prepared. Me on the other hand, I had the prime rib. (I consider myself to be a bit of a snob with this cut of meat because I love it so much.) I was disappointed that it was melt in your mouth good. It was just average. I had high hopes being an expensive chophouse. Overall it was a good dining experience and would recommend to friends.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great as always. The food and the service is always great.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

801 Chophouse has the best pork in the world - try the "Pork Duroc". Also the enviroment and services are impecable.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 5, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve had in a while. Wonderful service and high quality, perfectly executed dishes.

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Extensive menu, average taste and food at best warm. Wine list overpriced. Would not likely return

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The staff added several special touches to our table to make our birthday dinner special. What fun it was. Thanks to all of them

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The staff always goes above and beyond here, they provided a happy anniversary card and table decorations along with a special menu for us for the occasion. It's always a very sweet gesture.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Excellent meal. I had the salmon with scalloped potatoes and it was extremely good. The salmon was fresh and expertly prepared. The service was also excellent. Would highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great steakhouse with fantastic steaks. Highly service-oriented staff. The meals aren’t cheap but it’s the best steakhouse in Des Moines. Great sides, salads, and desserts as well.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This is our special restaurant for occasions. The meals are always over the top and great service!
Debbie is a fabulous server as well as the entire staff.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This place is a staple for us and never disappoints. While definitely not a genuinely kid friendly establishment they have a fantastic kid "prix fixe" menu and the wait staff was wonderful about making them feel engaged and "special". My kids are 7 and 8. This is one of the only places in Des Moines to experience a true "dining experience" where the meal can last 2+ hours and no one notices, exceptional food, exceptional service, and in the end you are happy to pay the bill no matter its size

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Great food with friendly wait staff. A nice place to go for a dinner where you can spend time visiting in a pleasant & relaxed environment. Never felt rushed.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Old time steak house atmosphere with excellent service. Nice menu and good wine list. Amazing Duroc pork chop! Great escargot and wonderful pumpkin chai cheese cake for dessert.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great service. Food was awesome. Manager even checked on us. We were very impressed

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Another fantastic meal! Hot seafood on a chilly evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 18, 2017

As always an excellent meal at 801. I think our server's name was Joni, she was outstanding.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Fantastic food and a great atmosphere. Every trip to 801 has been wonderful.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Wonderful evening celebrating our 2nd Wedding Anniversary.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Always a wonderful experience.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great place to eat for any occasion. Service it too notch and the food was great!

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Our server was pretty non-existent. Several other people refilled waters, removed plates, gave us the dessert menu and even a different server paid out our bill. Not what I expected from such an expensive resturant. I hated even tipping her because she did nothing but take out order.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The food and the service of 801 are always excellent. Known for their wonderful steaks, there is great seafood on the menu as well. This last visit we had the veal chop, good sized and cooked to exactly medium, the filet medallions, two beef filets topped with lobster and a wine reduction, and we shared two generous sides of potatoes and creamed spinach. We started with a beef carpaccio, thinly sliced and served with a warm garlic bread. We finished by sharing a dessert, which are also huge portions. We chose the very moist carrot cake although there were seasonal and chocolate dessert offerings available. The wine list is wonderful as are their cocktails.
A wonderful and our attentive server saw to it that we had everything we needed when we needed it. A very nice evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 13, 2017

The experience was great as usual. Good food. Good atmosphere.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The steaks were amazing. Great flavor and cook to perfection. Highly recommend for steak lovers. Loved all the starch (mainly potato) options for sides. Wish there were a few more vegetable sides on the menu.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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